PK Thunder! (darth_paorvosa) wrote in linguaphiles,
PK Thunder!

Assisting and Attending and Roots and such

Hi all,

I've been wondering lately about the words "assist" in English and "asistir" in Spanish. I know they mean very different things, but I can't get over how similar they are. Can anyone offer any insight as to why this is, like maybe if similar words for "asistir" appear in other romantic languages (and mean the same thing)?

Or, of course, if it's a coincidence and I should stop thinking about it.

EDIT: I think maybe what I am completely lost on is where the word "attend" came from, so if anyone knows an etymology for that, that'd help too.


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